This article offers an examination of the language of conspiracy in Cicero’s Verrines. Cicero chooses to fashion a recognizable portrait of Roman conspiracy that represents Verres and his societas as a group of like-minded coconspirators, though they have committed no act that suggests political revolution. Cicero’s diction, imagery, and themes parallel the rhetorical strategies often found in conspiracy narratives and echo especially the orator’s own portrait of Catiline.

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